Friday, July 17, 2015

2016 Ford GT Returning to LE Mans

1966 Le Mans Ford GT40
When the GT40 competed at Le Mans in the 1960s, Henry Ford II sought to prove Ford could beat endurance racing and he did, 1st, 2nd and 3rd finishes in 1966.  The 7-litre Mk II dominated in February, the GT40 again won at Daytona. This was the first year Daytona was run in the 24 Hour format and Mk II's finished 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.  In March, at the 1966 12 Hours of Sebring, GT40's again took all three top finishes with the X-1 Roadster first, a Mk. II taking second, and a Mk. I in third.  Then in June at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the GT40 achieved yet another 1-2-3 result. Can Ford do it again?

In the meantime let's look at that day of The 24 Hours of Le Mans back in 1966. 

Jean-Daniel Valy




Repeat?

2016 Ford GT Race Car
Ford returns to Le Mans in 2016 with the all-new Ford GT supercar to compete in LM GTE Pro class, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Ford’s 1966 overall victory.  Ford GT is company’s showcase for aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction, along with new twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost V6  most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever. The new Ford GT race car will run the full 2016 schedules of the FIA World Endurance Championship and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, making its competition debut in January 2016 in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Florida.  The two Ford teams will be operated by Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. (CGRFS)  Both series teams intend to compete with a four-car effort at Le Mans.

Ford GT Returns to Le Mans

Ford Performance

 

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